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Monday, December 13, 1999

Residents eligible for WIC

Many women and children in Reeves County are eligible for free nutrition counseling, immunizations and nutritious foods, but they aren't getting them. That's because they're not enrolled in the Women, Infants and Children program.

WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) is a federally funded program that serves pregnant women, postpartum and breastfeeding women infants and children up to age 5. Eligibility is based on income and nutritional risk. The program is administered locally through Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center _ WIC.

Judith Harden, Director of WIC services in Reeves County, says, "WIC is an important health program serving residents of Reeves County. It doesn't matter whether you are employed or not. For example, a family of four with an income of up to $2,575 per month can receive WIC services."

There is one WIC center in the county.

For more information, contact TTUHSC WIC at 447-2225 or come by 700 Daggett St., Suite C, Old Reeves County Hospital Annex Building.

By improving the nutrition of pregnant women, infants, and children, WIC helps to prevent the incidence of low-birth weight babies and premature births. WIC also provides free immunizations against diphtheria, whooping cough tetanus, measles, mumps and rubella, hepatitis B, polio and meningitis.

Mendoza has birthday party

Iris Mendoza celebrated her birthday on Saturday, Dec. 4, with a party held in her honor at McDonald's.

Theme for the event was Mermaid.

Her favorite gift was a Little House.

She is the daughter of Ruben Mendoza of Pecos.

Carbs essential for workouts

Low-carbohydrate diets may be all the rage but many dietitians warn that skimping on this nutrient could rob your body of energy, especially during exercise.

"Carbohydrates are one of the basic nutrients that supply energy to the body," said Dr. Rebecca Reeves, a registered dietician with Baylor College of Medicine's Behavioral Medicine Research Center in Houston. "This is the energy source the body looks for, and it is what it burns when a person starts exercising."

The body transforms carbohydrates into glucose and transports it to the cells for energy. Carbohydrates also replenish spent muscle-glycogen stores. If your body is not well stocked, your workout could suffer.

To get the most out of this energy source, choose complex carbohydrates like dried beans and peas, whole grain foods, and cereals like oatmeal.

The duration and intensity of a workout will dictate carbohydrates needs. Most recreational athletes need 50 to 55 percent of calories from carbohydrates, which is the same as the recommended daily intake for non-athletes. Elite athletes, however, will require more.

The bottom line, says Reeves, is to remember that cutting carbohydrates means cutting an energy sources.

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